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abrupt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an abrupt change
"What happened?" said Hermione anxiously, stopping so abruptly that Harry walked into her.
abruptly = suddenly and unexpectedly
DefinitionGenerally this sense of abrupt means:
sudden and unexpected
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Book1 use
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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beckon
12 uses
At that moment, the dungeon door opened, and Snape beckoned them all inside.
beckoned = summoned with a gesture
DefinitionGenerally beckon means:
to summon (call to join) with a gesture, or to be desirable and inviting
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Book12 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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bewilder
13 uses
Bewildered, wondering what on earth he was supposed to have done this time, Harry got up...
bewildered = confused
DefinitionGenerally bewilder means:
to confuse someone
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Book13 uses
Library17 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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conjure
29 uses
...with a flick of his wand, Bill reattached the table leg and conjured tablecloths from nowhere.
conjured = created by magic
DefinitionGenerally conjure means:
summon into action or bring into existence — often as if by magic
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Book29 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 32
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contrary   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 7 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
on the contrary
They did not blame him for what had happened; on the contrary, both thanked him for returning Cedric's body to them.
on the contrary = in opposition to what was just said
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Book6 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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2  —1 use as in:
to the contrary
"These deaths were not the random work of a lunatic!"
  "I see no evidence to the contrary!" shouted Fudge, now matching her anger, his face purpling.
to the contrary = with an opposite or different effect; or something with an opposite or different effect
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 36
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contrast   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
there is a contrast
Harry could see him sweating in the torchlight, his white skin contrasting strongly with the black of his hair and beard.
contrasting = notably different (in brightness or tone)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
a difference — especially a notable difference; or the side-x-side arrangement of things that draws attention to an unmissable difference
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Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 30
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2  —1 use as in:
it is a contrast
A wizard had just Apparated at their fireside, and he could not have made more of a contrast with Ludo Bagman, sprawled on the grass in his old Wasp robes.
contrast = something noticeably different
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
something noticeably different (compared to something else or to other things)
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 7
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curt
10 uses
"Out of the way, Arthur," said a cold, curt voice.
curt = brief to the point of rudeness
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Book10 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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direct   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 12 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
Some of you in this Hall have already suffered directly at the hands of Lord Voldemort.†
directly = personally (person-to-person)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straight (exactly where stated); or without involvement of anything in between
—including such senses as:
  • straight (without varying from a straight line)
  • exact (without other factors)
  • close (with other factors minimized)
  • personal (without other people in between)
  • unobstructed (without anything in between)
  • of a look: straight, steady, or focused—not a brief glance taken while generally looking at other things; not a sideways look
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Book6 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22
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2  —1 use as in:
was direct in my instructions
You know, I'm starting to think it's time for more direct action.†
direct = straightforward (without involving extra factors)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straightforward (uncomplicated or simple — perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
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Book1 use
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 19
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3  —5 uses as in:
directed her question to
She illuminated her wand and directed its narrow beam across the path.†
directed = pointed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
to indicate direction; or cause movement or focus in a direction or towards an object — such as
  • to aim a gun or comment at someone
  • to point in a particular direction
  • to focus attention on a particular object
  • to guide or give directions to someone to help them move to a particular place
  • to send someone to a particular place
  • to steer a car, boat, etc.
  • to send a letter to a particular person by putting a name and address on it
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Book5 uses
Library31 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 5
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discord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
Lord Voldemort's gift for spreading discord and enmity is very great.
discord = conflict and disagreement
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate

or (especially in the form "discordant"):

seeming different  or wrong along with everything else
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 37
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2  —1 use as in:
discordant music
...adding their discordant national anthems to the racket.
discordant = unpleasant sounding together
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
unpleasant sound — especially a combination of sounds that sound wrong together (though sometimes done intentionally in music)
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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divine
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
divined from tea leaves
we have almost finished our work on planetary divination.
divination = to predict something by magic
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divine means:
to predict or discover something supernaturally (as if by magic)
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 29
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impartial
5 uses
The champions will be chosen by an impartial selector:
impartial = lacks bias
DefinitionGenerally impartial means:
without favoritism or bias
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Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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indignant
20 uses
"We weren't trying to hear him!" said Ron indignantly.
indignantly = angrily (at unjustly being accused of something wrong)
DefinitionGenerally indignant means:
angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
Word Statistics
Book20 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 5
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interpret   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
interpret Spanish to English
Maybe they need an interpreter.†
interpreter = someone who translates language
DefinitionGenerally this sense of interpret means:
to translate words into spoken words of another language

(This word is especially used in place of translate when the translation is done real-time, or on-the-fly, or immediately as needed.)
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 24
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2  —1 use as in:
her interpretation of the data
"You don't have to talk to Ron!" she added irritably, correctly interpreting his silence.†
interpreting = understanding (something in a particular way)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of interpret means:
to understand or explain something in a particular way — often the meaning or significance of something
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 19
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stupefy
10 uses
Without pausing to think, he aimed high at the spider's underbelly... and shouted "Stupefy!"
stupefy = (in the book) a spell that makes one unable to think

The name of the spell is based on the underlying definition. Outside of the Rowling novels, it is more commonly seen in the form stupefied—meaning "made unable to think."
DefinitionGenerally stupefy means:
make one unable to think
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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